Monday, June 26, 2017

Sweet Faces of Celiac Disease: Meet Juliana

Juliana is 6 years old and was diagnosed at 4 years old with celiac disease. 

At what age was your child diagnosed with celiac disease?

4 years old

What symptoms was your child having before being diagnosed?

Complained her stomach hurt.  She was severely constipated but having only 1 child I had no idea it was constipation.  She also wasn't eating much.

Any other family members diagnosed with celiac disease?

No or shall I say not yet

How has your child’s life changed since being diagnosed?

She is growing like crazy, doing so much better in school and her activities and she eats!

What advice would you offer a parent who’s child was just diagnosed with celiac disease?

Don't feel overwhelmed.  There are so many options available.  Learn what you can and try things.  My daughter wanted to add that if your child likes desserts there are lots of options for gluten free.  Educate others.  I have interesting conversations with people who just don't understand Celiac.  I love being able to educate others.

Juliana, you're too cute! It's so good to see you smiling and knowing that your tummy doesn't hurt anymore. I hope you have a wonderful summer!

Yes, so thankful for the many gluten-free options available today. And educating others is so important. Hopefully Juliana will be an celiac advocate one day too! 

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